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Posted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 12:37 am
I'm a fan and every-day user of LMDE64 as my main OS. I've used LMDE64 since the day it was released, and still going strong. I got to thinking ... "what, in theory, could make me want to try something other than LMDE64".. then it hit me... The Minty goodness on top of the FreeBSD kernel and userspace. It would be a lot of work to make a "pretty" installer ... and the words "pretty" and "BSD partition table" don't belong in the same sentence. Getting a graphical update manager/package installer to work with ports. Getting a multiuser gnome session after the install. Lots of hurdles to climb. But the only thing that would attract me away from LMDE would be MintBSD. That would be a major proof-of-concept, but I am sure it could be done. A Linux-free variant of Mint... I can dream
Posted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 3:13 am
I don't see why it would be so hard. There is already a FreeBSD version of Debian:
Posted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 7:49 am
If Mint can have a Debian version, it would also be possible to make a Debian FreeBSD version, based on Debian GNU/kFreeBSD instead of normal Debian. Just adding the Mint repository and installing some things might be enough.
Posted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 8:03 am
Interesting idea but I guess I would probably prefer a system based on NetBSD...
Posted: Wed Feb 23, 2011 11:17 pm
Interesting the concencus seems to be to not only ditch ports, but to ditch the entire BSD userspace (tools) in favor of Debian's kFreeBSD. my only concern with that is the lack of packages available for kFreeBSD. Apt does tend to just work, while ports tends to just NOT work and be infuriating. I suggested FreeBSD as it is the most widely used of the BSD variants. BSD itself is niche enough and unfriendly enough. May as well go with the most Mainstream one of the bunch if you're gonna travel that road at all
Posted: Sun Feb 27, 2011 8:42 am
maybe this should be considered again if the linux mint linux replace it with the operating system bsd